Identity - back? forward? search? STOP?
Digital work by Renu S Iyer
|Current project- Gesture and Virtual Identity.
The altered framework conditions that effect working as an artist and the impact of art in a world characterized by information and communications technologies have given rise to new forms of art.
Working on a series of digital print images, titled identity-back?forward?search?STOP?
Substantiating the paradigm of self-search through the internet. A dialogue with one's own identity, confronting one's existence, environment, within one's own personal space and within the extreme space of the world around. Difference between what is perceived to be outside and what seems solely internal. Here the internet metaphorically represents the external, but is internalised through the search engine which acts as a channel to carry on a self-search.
Visual, and verbal play. On a personal level it is a self-search which leads me into this maze of communication, the new global vehicle, the internet. An accessory that is indispensible-a 3 year old habit. Yet one cannot ignore this influx. Certain personal recordings. I am playing around with the visual aspects a lot. The interface itself for instance becomes part of my visual vocabulary. The various commands etc which are mere words become integral with an individual significance to the visual. eg. back, forward, search...stop. They compliment the visual dramatically by what they mean literally, a pun on the jargon. Seeking an identity, on a larger sphere, where I am trying to introduce elements from my immediate environment, which connect me to a larger horizon. So the internet. Once on the web its almost spectacularly galactic, can lose oneself. So is our actual realities. You stop, the search is on...? that is where I am trying to draw parallels between a self-search within a boundless infinity and the search engine on the internet, where you can find exactly what you came for. So the obvious pun on what one cannot acquire on the internet search engine. An identity, surpassing programmed data of certain facts about one’s past and present. The paradigm does comment on the internet as a medium of global communication, but the use of this medium as a visual metaphor to modify certain ideas into a stronger pictorial representation.